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CONSTELLATIONS

CONCEPT + CURATION: BRETT BAILEY

MANAGEMENT: BARBARA MATHERS

'Rings of enlightenment with (im)perfect strangers around communal campfires...'

 

 

Invite Brett & Barbara to your

festival to work with a local team

and a diverse selection of

local artists to stage a unique

iteration of CONSTELLATIONS

in beautiful natural surroundings.

A compelling outdoor, after-dark perambulatory performance that emerged as a response to the social-distancing requirements of the pandemic: the need for people to engage with live performance and a work opportunity for those who depend on live performance for their livelihoods. Post-pandemic, the event has evolved into a platform for ‘underground’ and non-mainstream performers: the 2022 iteration focussed on ‘Women in their Power’; and in 2023, the event was titled 'the Garden of Good and Evil', inviting 8 musicians and performance artists to channel their darker sides. 

 

During the event, small groups of 10 spectators are led by guides on trails through the wilderness to a sequence of 4 campfires. Each fire is presided over by a Guardian who hosts a 20-minute session: a performing artist for example, or a poet; a musician or a thinker. There are 2 or 3 such trails, each curated by Brett to make for a diverse and varied experience for spectators.

 

Every Guardian hosts 4 different groups each night, without the use of any technology: they merely have a campfire, a scattering of paraffin lamps and their props or instruments.

 

Spectators have no idea which Guardians they will encounter on their journey: every Campfire reveals a new surprise. They enjoy a live, rich and memorable evening in nature; and the Guardians get to have an intimate, powerful, validating and challenging experience… as well as some income.

TOURING HISTORY 2022: 3 nights of CONSTELLATIONS presented in a forest in Shizuoka, Japan, with 9 local performers, working with a Japanese team to actualize the project. 2020 – 2024: an annual 3 week-long event on the Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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